Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

On the hottest day of July, trolling in dead-calm waters near Key West, a tourist named James Mayberry reeled up a human arm.

Right to the point. Though why mention it's the hottest day of July? I would still understand the plot point without the month and the weather.

Nevertheless, the scene hooks as James and the captain have a somewhat comic conversation about their catch, and neither seems phased; on the contrary, they both seem annoyed by arm ruining their day. Then another conflict unfolds, as this is James's honeymoon and he doesn't want to tell his wife about the arm because she didn't want to go fishing in the first place. Ah, marital bliss, but that's what happens when couples find random disembodied arms while out fishing on their honeymoon.

First thing said:

"What are you waiting for?"

Verdict: Pass

Rudy Globrid

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